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Below is an excerpt from the Atanta paper. I agree. Prison is for real criminals. This woman is simply an idiot that unfortunately has the right to reproduce.


Attorney will seek leniency for mom
Woman who left toddler in car awaits punishment

By BETH WARREN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/01/04

Parent Nakia Burgess admits she made a horrible mistake by leaving her toddler in her car while she worked last fall, but does she deserve prison time in the heat-related death?

Her attorney, Phinia Aten, is expected to lobby a Fulton County judge for mercy Tuesday during a sentence hearing in Superior Court. Prosecutors, however, will push for prison time.

Burgess, then 28, left her 3-year-old daughter, Asan'te in a locked car Oct. 2, 2002, in a Buckhead parking deck while she worked.

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Stupidity an acceptable defense for neglect / manslaughter? She may very well have a room temperature IQ as you have suggested but I don't see that as an excuse to keep her out of jail.
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I was thinkin more like giving her the option to trade freedom for her right to put another child in the same situation.
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I was thinkin more like giving her the option to trade freedom for her right to put another child in the same situation.
So castration over incarceration. I could get down with that. We have enough stupid people already[:D]
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RE: Interesting line of reasoning guys.

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How long before it's my turn to get executed, or yours?
I'd like to think I'd survive the first 2 or 3 rounds[:)]

While I agree that everyone is someone's idiot, I also think it takes a special kind of stupid to leave a child in a car. It's the latest craze in Florida. In the past couple of months there have been 4 or 5 deaths. These people are everyone's idiot.
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RE: Darwin at work

The only person who knows if this was a murder or not is the mother. Children are murded by their parents. This happens.

Children are left in hot vehicles by their parents. This happens.

The hard part is to determine the intent.

If this "accident" goes completely unpunished my may have people getting away with murder.

However if your do charge someone with murder/manslaughter that legitmately was an accident, the loss of their child should be punishment enough. It's a tough delema

I'm with ML, I can not comprehend doing this to your kid by accident or not.


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